No, this post has nothing to do with NBC's decision not to air the Opening Ceremony, or show everything on delay on The West Coast. There's plenty of other talk about that. What this is about is the challenge of creating a good, readable schedule of the games. A schedule that a user can consult to know which sports are on when.
It's a tough task. There's tons of information. It just overwhelms any typical calendar. Unfortunately, the schedule at NBCOlympics.com makes a pigs lunch out of things. It's basically unusable, at least for my brain. Other folks have I've talked to have been able to crack the cypher.
Then someone I know sent along this version from TeeVee.net. It won't win any design awards in terms of aesthetics, but it kind of works. And what they lack in aesthetics, they make up for in humor, which makes it readable.
But it looks like the gold medal goes to the New York Times for this interactive schedule. It's still a mountain of information, which can be tough to consume, but they did a great job. It's not surprising. The NYT, more than anyone else, does some great work with data visualization, as they did with that much-discussed chart of historical box office data earlier this year. NYT does a lot of good things online, but this is something they do great. Hat tip to Tom Kirkendall for pointing it out.